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Town of Fenner votes to adopt 2015 budget

Tax rate to stay the same as 2014

The Fenner town board last week voted to adopt the 2015 preliminary budget as the final budget, which will have the same tax rate as last year.

Absentee ballots counted: Magee retains assembly seat

Nearly two weeks after Election Day, the race for the NY-121 State Assembly seat has concluded, with challenger John Salka conceding that incumbent Assemblyman Bill Magee won the election.

Creekside zone redevelopment analysis completed, presented to village board

After months of analysis and public input on how best to redevelop the Riverside Drive/Chittenango Creek area behind the library, the village’s hired community planner has presented his findings and recommendations to the village board. In short, accomplishing a solid redevelopment of the area will require probable rezoning, along with a nature trail and public park development plan, Dan Kwasnowski, of Applied Planning, told the board during its Nov. 3 regular monthly meeting.

Cazenovia town board approves final 2015 budget

After making some final adjustments to the numbers and holding a public hearing at which no members of the public spoke, the Cazenovia Town Board last week approved the final version of its 2015 town budget. The final budget includes a $3 million total budget with $1.4 million to be raised by taxes. The proposal includes a 4 percent tax rate increase townwide, with a 1 percent tax rate increase for town residents outside the village.

Cazenovia, Fenner election candidates cruise to easy victories

Last-minute write-in candidacy for Fenner town board garners 25 percent of vote

Unopposed candidates for town board and town justice in Cazenovia and Fenner cruised to easy victories in Tuesday’s election, although a last-minute write-in candidacy for Fenner town board did garner about 25 percent of the vote.

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Antonacci falls in bid for state comptroller

Onondaga County Comptroller Robert Antonacci has failed in his attempt to become the state’s next comptroller. Antonacci, a Republican, earned 55,155 votes in Onondaga County to Democratic incumbent Tom DiNapoli’s 66,602. Statewide, Antonacci said he earned more than a million and a half votes, setting a record for an Onondaga County candidate.

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Unopposed state legislators return to office

Neither John DeFrancisco (R-Syracuse) nor Dave Valesky (D-Oneida) had an opponent this election season. The lack of opposition allowed both state senators to coast easily back to the state legislature, earning 65,967 and 35,515 votes, respectively.

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Magee claims victory in state Assembly race, Salka not conceding yet

Twelve-term state assemblyman Bill Magee has declared victory in his election race against challenger John Salka in the 121st district – but the margin is so slim, and with more than 1,000 absentee ballots still to be counted, Salka is not conceding the race.

DEC Releases Draft Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan for public comment

Public comments accepted through Dec. 15

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) today released its Draft Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) strategy to prevent the introduction and spread of AIS in New York state for public comment. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 15.

Project Cafe to host election night dinner

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, Project C.A.F.E. is hosting an Election Night Dinner Fundraiser, all members of the family are welcome. Place your vote them come to Dave's Diner to enjoy an affordable dinner of your choice with proceeds supporting Project C.A.F.E. community activities.

EDITORIAL: Vote yes on Prop. 1

For too long, New York’s system for drawing electoral maps has been broken. Under current legislation, members of the New York State Legislature draw the lines for legislative and congressional districts. Those lines are redrawn every 10 years by a committee made up of sitting legislators. That means that the people responsible for drawing the lines are the very people who benefit from how the lines are drawn.

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Magee, Salka talk state assembly issues at Cazenovia debate

Despite the cold, wet weather in Cazenovia Tuesday night, nearly 100 people showed up at the Cazenovia Public Library to attend a debate between Democrat Bill Magee and Republican John Salka, the two candidates running for election to the 121st district in the state assembly. The debate, sponsored by the Cazenovia League of Women Voters, covered issues ranging from raising the minimum wage, to state electoral redistricting, public funding of political campaigns, state school funding, casinos in New York state, alleged corruption in the state legislature, gas drilling in New York, marriage equality and how to keep residents and businesses from leaving the state due to high taxes.

County board of elections offers extra hours for absentee ballot voting

Madison County Commissioners of Elections, Lynne M. Jones and Laura P. Costello, announce that the Madison County Board of Elections office in the county office building in Wampsville will be open four evenings and two Saturday mornings previous to the general election to be held on Nov. 4.

Nelson town board adopts tentative budget, approves tax cap override

The Nelson Town Board is moving forward with its work on the town’s 2015 finances, and last week adopted the tentative budget and approved a local law to override the state tax levy cap. The tentative budget is only the first stage in the budgeting process, so the current working numbers and potential tax rate for 2015 have not been released to the public.

Village board hears Creekside redevelopment plan update

For the first time in about six months, the Cazenovia Village Board of Trustees monthly meeting had no controversial topics on the agenda, no public hearings and no crowds of concerned spectators filling the board meeting room. Instead, the board discussed much simpler local issues such as an update on the progress of the Creekside Planned Development District, water line extension requests, approving an inter-municipal agreement with the town over proposed fire department training, resident concerns about a poor street paving job and a resignation from the village zoning board of appeals.

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